I don't know if you saw the Washington Post review for "Ragime" or not but it looks like we are going to see a splendid production! I'm psyched. I saw a touring group perform it at The National Theatre in 1998 and was thrilled to hear The Kennedy Center was going to revive it. I just didn't think they would be able to do a very good job.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 02760.html
In its glorious opening tableau, "Ragtime" finds its purest, most exhilarating expression. To the Scott Joplin-style syncopation of the title song, the characters who compose the musical's three intertwining ethnic groups -- white Anglo-Saxons, blacks and immigrant Jews -- converge onstage to lay out the evening's conceptual thrust: the revolutionary changes coming to America circa 1906. "The music," as the characters put it, "of something beginning."